COLLEGE STATION — The Lady Eagles have had a tremendous start to their season. The team competed in the College Station Classic over the weekend and dominated the tournament from the beginning. After already tallying three wins, they played their final match on Saturday against Austin del Valle, finding success yet again.
“All I do is win, win, win no matter what”
Prosper began the game as they have all the others: attacking fast and grabbing a quick lead.
“We jumped on them early and didn’t really give much up to them,” Coach Flores said.
A major offensive threat came from del Valle came on a free kick in Prosper’s defensive side. The del Valle player hit a dangerous ball, curling it toward the upper portion of the goal. Senior Haley Birmingham came up big, just touching it out and off the post.
“Before the save, I was a little nervous because obviously I didn’t want them to score,” Birmingham said. “I was relieved and confident that we escaped a chance to concede a goal.”
The rest of the game was controlled by Prosper. Flores said the win was a great way to end the tournament.
“We possessed the ball a lot,” he said. “When we moved it, we created a lot of quality chances.”
Chances for that came for a variety of players. Five different girls scored in the 7-0 victory, including freshman Lauren Miller, sophomore Diana Ordonez with three goals, junior Kat Rogers, and seniors Mo Ordonez and Gabby Gamboa.
Stats on stats on stats
In just four short games, Prosper has racked up an impressive 20 goals, with seven different players contributing to the scoring success. The leading goal scorers for the year so far are sophomore Diana Ordonez with six, and senior Gabby Gamboa with four. Senior Katie Lapomarda and junior Kat Rogers each with three goals on the season. Senior Mo Ordonez has two goal, and rounding out the scoring are senior Adeline Webb and freshman Lauren Miller with a goal each.
Besides the attacking threat that Prosper brings, they are also difficult to score on. Goalkeepers Haley Birmingham and junior Peyton York had an outstanding tournament, posting shut outs in all four games. Both keepers are committed to play Division I soccer in college.
And while Flores said she is happy with his team’s performance so far, he wants the girls to remember everything they learned from last season.
“Every team has a different identity,” said Flores. “Even though we have nineteen returning from last year… this team is different. We’ll take everything we’ve learned and use it to our benefit.”
In the meantime, he said, the Lady Eagles are building an identity this season, and he said they are excited to see the rest of the year play out.
“We play for each other,” Haley Birmingham said. “Before every game we write the number of one of our teammates to symbolize that we are playing for them that game. This helps create our team unity.”
And that unity is showing, as they are 4-0 on the season and yet to be scored on. The girls looked to continue this winning streak in their first home game against Princeton High School at 7 p.m. on Jan. 10.
“It’s been a really great experience having our first overnight tournament with such an awesome team,” said Ordonez. “With nineteen returning and some great new additions, our team chemistry has never been better.”